On August 21st, Americans celebrated National Senior Citizens Day across the country with events to celebrate the elderly in the community.
To celebrate seniors, many local restaurants and national chains offered special 55+ discounts. Newsweek compiled a list of year-round senior discounts to celebrate the benefits of the holiday. The AARP also offers a comprehensive list of senior discounts to use throughout the year.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day to celebrate the positive contributions older citizens make to American society. Some people celebrate the day on August 14th to celebrate when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on the day in 1935.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country held different celebrations and activities for their residents. Many focused on wellness and increasing senior citizen’s activity, while others offered snacks and refreshments for those less inclined to physical exercise.
Some interesting celebrations include a dance and karaoke party to Mo-town hits, and a polka band performing at a farmers market. Music is a cathartic experience for all ages, and senior citizens are known to enjoy music as much as anyone.
More than free meals, discounts and parties, National Senior Citizens Day is a time to reflect on the contributions and importance of senior citizens to the community. In times of strained social safety nets and increasing loneliness, the holiday should serve as a reminder to reach out to any elderly loved ones.
The next National Senior Citizens Day will fall on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons is also approaching and will be celebrated worldwide on October 1st of this year.
Whatever the day, our society must put more focus on ageing and elderly health, especially as the earth’s demographics shift. So, let all senior citizen days serve as a reminder to protect the rights of our elderly.
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